Trend alert: What's heating up Atlanta's food scene this month

As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right now?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which restaurants have been most discussed this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Atlanta businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are worth exploring, right now.

Cultivate Food + Coffee

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Newly opened, this cafe and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee and tea and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.

Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 2.1 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, but Cultivate Food + Coffee saw a substantial 110.5 percent increase, maintaining a strong four-star rating on Yelp throughout.

Located at 1952 Howell Mill Road, Suite 200, Cultivate Food + Coffee offers beignets and more on its breakfast menu

Local Green Atlanta

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Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Vine City's Local Green Atlanta, the breakfast and brunch spot, which offers seafood and juice and smoothies, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 2.2 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, Local Green Atlanta bagged a 61.5 percent increase in new reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a superior 4.5-star rating.

Open at 19 Joseph E Lowery Blvd. NW since 2017, Local Green Atlanta offers pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan menu selections.    


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Poncey-Highland's Estrella is also making waves. Open at 550 Somerset Terrace NE, Suite #102, the bar and Mexican spot has seen a 44.8 percent bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.8 percent for all businesses tagged "Mexican" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Estrella's review count increased by more than 430 percent.

Estrella offers Latin American fare inspired by Yucatán, Mexico. Over the past month, it's maintained a mixed three-star rating among Yelpers.

Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Atlanta

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Candler Park's Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Atlanta is the city's buzziest Southern spot by the numbers.

The popular Southern and traditional American spot, which opened at 299 Moreland Ave. NE in 2012, increased its new review count by 13 percent over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.7 percent for the Yelp category "Southern."

Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Atlanta specializes in chicken dishes and homemade sides. It currently has 4.5 stars from 788 reviews on Yelp. 

Gino's East - Atlanta

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Poncey-Highland's Gino's East - Atlanta is currently on the upswing in the bar category on Yelp.

While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 2.3 percent increase in new reviews over the past month, this bar and Italian spot, which offers pizza and more, increased its by 17.6 percent—and kept its rating consistent at 3.5 stars.

Open for business at 675 N. Highland Ave. NE, Suite #1000, since 2018, Gino's East specializes in deep dish pizza.   

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